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AWDABPT Buildings

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Provides dynamic temperature simulation of 1 to 25 room buildings, shelters, and cabinets over the course of 20 days. Useful for accommodating heat dissipating equipment and/or people. Handles refrigerated cooling, direct and indirect evaporative cooling, heating and outside air ventilation. Cooling and heating or power plant failure, partial or total, and later restoration can be simulated. Includes indicative external bush/forest fire mode. Provides for sensitivity analysis of selected parameters utilizing monte carlo techniques. Handles adjacent spaces that are not 'traditional' rooms. The refrigeration equipment model can be modified. Relative humidity estimation per room is provided. Building fabric cooling and heating loads, separate from the total loads, are tabulated.

Expertise Required: 

Understanding of building thermal characteristics, conductivity, U-value, heat capacity, latent heat.

Audience: 

Building designers requiring estimates of room temperatures within accommodation for people and/or heat-dissipating equipment. Teachers requiring a tool providing visual output. Designers wanting the option to test the influence of variance in selected input data such as a building material property or equipment capacity (via Monte Carlo techniques).

Input: 

Data requirements are listed on http://www.awdabpt.com/infoforbldgs.php. The user enters data via 'windows' forms.

Output: 

Graphical and tabular, both on-screen and printable. Output data file (.csv) is viewable in most spreadsheets for further manipulation. Individual tables can be exported to most spreadsheets.

Strengths: 

Handles thermal mass and passive and active cooling or heating systems. Dynamic calculation of heat transfer characteristics without generalizations. Air-surface film conductance and radiation components are calculated by the program according to prevailing indoor and outdoor conditions. A cooling / heating plant fail mode is provided to enable examination of room temperature rise / fall upon the partial or total loss of cooling / heating.

Country: 
Australia
Major Capabilities: 
Load Calculations
Detailed Envelope Simulation
Other
Language: 
English
German
Spanish
French
Italian
Platform: 
Windows
Pricing: 
Free To Try
Help and Support: 
Free Email Support
Free Chat/IM Support
Free Phone Support
Last Software Update: 
08 July 2017
Last Entry Update: 
07 July 2017
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